Our Veterinarians

Dr. Craig W. Sandler
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Craig Sandler’s passion for animal care stretches back as far as he can remember—he was only 12 years old when he first began volunteering in the veterinary field. By the time he was a teenager and witnessed his horse struggle through various health issues, he knew that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who cared for them. For Dr. Sandler, a career as a veterinarian was the natural choice!

Dr. Sandler is originally from the New York City suburbs, and came to Jacksonville for his first Associate’s job in 1987. He fell in love with the city and simply never left! Dr. Sandler founded Lakewood Animal Clinic in 1994, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since. He’s particularly fond of dermatology work and preventative medicine, and has a special place in his heart for holistic medicine after alternative therapies helped his own dog to live a happy, normal life.

Dr. Sandler and his wife, Natalie—herself an employee of Lakewood Animal Clinic!—have three children and share their home with a pair of loveable dogs and six cats. When he has spare time between work and family life, Dr. Sandler loves listening to music and attending the theatre, cheering on his favorite football teams, traveling, and hiking and camping in the great outdoors.
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    • Bradd MartinBradd Martin

      Great visit, very caring staff and Dr. Sandler was very personable!

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    • Sydney RosenbergSydney Rosenberg

      Been to several different vets around Jacksonville in the past 20 years- recommendations from friends, family referrals, and even accompanying someone else and their pet- NONE compare to Dr. Sandler and his staff! I won't take my Zoi anywhere else! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! My only wish is that I found them YEARS ago! Kind, patient, welcoming, educated, knowledgeable, and they take time to explain everything in layman's terms. Also affordable- worth every penny!!! There was no pressure of sales or rushing me along. Thank you Dr. Sandler AND staff! You'll be seeing more of us 💗

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    • Arik BenlevyArik Benlevy

      Professional and clean. True experts in their field!

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    • Lacey Elizabeth AdevaiLacey Elizabeth Adevai

      Took great care of my English bulldog when she had an allergic reaction to fleas. Super helpful and friendly

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    • Gina GundersonGina Gunderson

      This clinic is awesome! NO waiting, friendly and caring staff, and a vet who actually takes the time to answer all of your questions. I'm definitely a fan!

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    • Darryl SchmittDarryl Schmitt

      Dr. Sandler and his staff have always been great. Been taking our dog there for over five years.

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    • Lily ArtilesLily Artiles

      Love this place!!!

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